TL;DR Music Theory: Pentatonic Scales

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In today’s “TL;DR Music Theory: Pentatonic Scales” article we’re going to look at, you guessed it, pentatonic scales. What are pentatonic scales? Pentatonic scales are scales that have only 5 notes (the prefix “penta-” refers to the number five). First, let’s look at the formulas and how they sound: Pentatonic Major: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6   Pentatonic Minor: 1, … Read More

TL; DR Music Theory: Partial Chords

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Today’s “TL; DR Music Theory: Partial Chords” will explore “partial chords,” as I call them. What I mean by “partial chords” are chords that are missing a note or two. Remember that chords, by definition, have at least three different notes. We’ve talked about triads (chords consisting of only three notes) and 7th chords (chords including a 7th). “Partial chords” … Read More

TL; DR Music Theory: Extended Chords

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In today’s TL;DR Music Theory, we’ll be talking about basic extended chords. We’ve talked about triads and 7th chords in an earlier article, and extended chords build on those concepts. The three most common extended chords are 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths. Now, as we know from the compound interval article, a 9th is a 2nd an octave up, an 11th … Read More

TL;DR Theory: Diatonic Minor Chords

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This TL;DR Music Theory post explains diatonic minor chords and why the harmonic minor scale comes into play. As mentioned earlier, “diatonic” refers to notes in a key. If we play a scale with diatonic chords, there are certain chord qualities that we must follow to be in key. For a more in depth explanation, check out the previous article on … Read More

TL;DR Theory: Diatonic Chords

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In today’s “TL;DR Theory: Diatonic Chords” we’re looking at the backbones of all harmonic progressions: diatonic chords. The word “diatonic” means something along the lines of “in a scale.” So, diatonic major chords mean chords that are built on the major scale. For now we’ll be sticking with simple triads (remember: triads are three note chords consisting of a root … Read More